Sarm East opened in 1973 in a building previously occupied by "The City of London Recording Studios" this had operated since 1960 as an all-purpose
studio and disc-cutting facility.
In 1982 the studio took delivery of an SSL 4000 desk, originally 32 channels soon upgraded to 40. This desk had a remote patchbay to maximize the space in
the control room, it was about this time that MIDI was making it's presence felt with more and more recording was being done in the control room.